Ahmedabad: Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader Arvind Kejriwal was detained in Patan district, north Gujarat for alleged violations of the model code of conduct, which came into force after the Election Commission of India announced the polling dates for the upcoming General Elections on Wednesday.
The former Delhi chief minister, who embarked on a four-day tour of Gujarat today morning, was held for organising a road show without prior notice.
Meanwhile, AAP supporters have staged a ‘dharna’ outside police station where Kejriwal has been kept.
The AAP chief kick-started his tour of the Gujarat Chief Minister’s homeland in order to verify BJP’s prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi’s “development” claims.
“Gujarat government and the media says there is ‘Ramrajya’ in this state. (They say) Education has developed, health issues have been resolved, corruption has been finished…So we have come here to see that development in Gujarat,” PTI quoted Kejriwal as saying after his arrival at the city airport.
Replying to a question if he will contest against Modi, Kejriwal said, “Let us see,” and added that to fight an election or not to fight it is not the main issue.
As reports have been doing that rounds that Modi might contest from Varanasi, AAP leader Manish Sisodia in an interview to a leading newspaper had said that Kejriwal will question the Gujarat CM from Varanasi, hinting that the AAP chief may contest against the BJP strongman in the Lok Sabha polls.
AAP also announced that Kejriwal will fight elections against Modi if he contests from anywhere outside Gujarat.
While speaking to the media last week, Kejriwal had said that he will visit Gujarat as people talk a lot about the supposed development of the state.
The activist-turned politician said that he would like to learn from the development model; however, the AAP leader went on to say that he if there is no development, then it should be exposed.
Kejriwal launched a direct attack on Modi and accused him of being silent on Congress president Sonia Gandhi’s son-in-law Rober Vadra’s dubious land dealings in Haryana.
“Have you ever heard of Modiji speak against (Congress president Sonia Gandhi’s son-in-law) Robert Vadra? Is there a ‘setting’ with Vadra?” he asked.